Haynes and Boone enhanced its healthcare and technology capabilities this month with the addition of Dallas partner Randy Peak.
Peak, who was previously at DLA Piper, has a track record with Haynes and Boone on the client side, an experience that left him with a “very positive impression” of the firm. More than two decades of Peak’s career has been spent in-house, including as general counsel of Ochsner Health System, deputy general counsel at Vizient and associate corporate counsel at Fujitsu.
In his private practice, Peak has counseled clients on fraud and abuse prohibitions, healthcare privacy, telemedicine, revenue cycle management, healthcare related licensing, outsourcing, strategic affiliations and compliance with state corporate practice of medicine laws.
Peak elaborated on his move to Haynes and Boone in a Q&A with The Texas Lawbook.
The Lawbook: Why did you decide to make the move to Haynes and Boone?
Peak: The opportunity to join Haynes and Boone’s impressive Texas platform coupled with its national presence and innovative healthcare practices was an exciting proposition that I could not pass up.
The Lawbook: What are one or two of the most interesting matters you have handled in the past year?
Peak: I have had the opportunity to represent digital health clients as they worked quickly to develop and go to market with various Covid-19 related health and wellness offerings over the past year. Assisting them structure the commercial offerings and navigate the regulatory hurdles, particularly on a national basis, was particularly interesting. Counseling clients on the complexities and constantly evolving regulations associated with Covid-19 related relief funding was also interesting given the real time dynamic of the almost daily changes in related guidance.
The Lawbook: What are the emerging trends or important developments in your practice?
Peak: Clients, particularly those in the healthcare technology and wellness sectors, are having to rapidly pivot to address COVID-19 related market and workplace challenges with an ongoing focus on individual health and safety needs. From a healthcare regulatory and healthcare technology standpoint this is an important development area in my practice and I anticipate that it will continue to be so in the future.
The Lawbook: What is keeping your clients up at night?
Peak: As healthcare regulations continue to evolve to keep pace with the evolution of healthcare technology, our clients have an ongoing need to ensure their organizations remain in compliance with these regulatory changes and also anticipate future regulatory developments when possible. That can quickly become an overwhelming task for an inhouse legal team or business executive when faced with the normal day-to-day challenges of running an inhouse legal department or business enterprise. This is where we can make a difference with our clients as their trusted advisors.